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    i like san diego, there are some other forum members here. the weather is very mild. its a nice place to live but the food scene is behind new york by like five years.
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    I'm an academic, newly hired, and I'm on a search committee (not your field), so I know the job market. My advice: apply everywhere, but spend the time to craft your application for the ones you really want, or where there is a good match.
    If you want a good chance at getting a job, you'll need to put location and local politics low on your priority list. Most of us just move to wherever is willing to hire us. That's just how it goes. you need to cast a very wide net. I'd also encourage you to look at smaller schools, rather than universities. I know a lot of academics turn their nose up a small colleges and community colleges, but that's who is hiring these days, especially if you have an unconventional CV, and they can be great places to work. You're right, big universities only care about grants and publications. If you don't have that, don't bother. Smaller schools care much more about teaching experience and personality. Also, look for long-term, full-time, non-tenure track positions (like "visiting assistant professor"). That's how I got my foot in the door, got a few years teaching experience, and eventually snagged a tenure track gig. Those are usually just teaching, with no expectations of research, and they keep your CV gap-free. Adjunct only as a last resort.

    As for location: Not much will compete with Hawaii. I like New England and the pacific northwest. New Mexico, Utah, Colorodo are pretty nice.

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    Stephan, i might be able to help you as my day job is as a Head Hunter/Recruiter. Seriously I've got a three step plan that will give you the skills and confidence to get the job.

    BTW, I'm from Boston but have since lived in Raleigh, NC for the past 13 years. New England sucks but two months out of the year. I've only traveled not lives out west, nice but i just love living on the east coast.
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    Thanks for the tips, guys. I am certainly not limiting myself to ivy league schools at this point, I would actually prefer a smaller university that puts more emphasis on teaching and values people not only by the money they rake in. I have not systematically looked at the community colleges, but that is certainly a thing I need to do. My CV has two flaws, one is not enough federal grants awarded for someone at my level - and explaining that I had plenty of similar ones before I came here and had less time than others who grew up in the US system has not worked, so far... And the second one is that my publication output has gone done in the last couple of years when I was screwed out of my job and dealt with depression. That is no indication of what I can do in the right setting, but a difficult sell for some. I have plenty of publications, teaching and research experience, professional and community service etc. Anyway, I am making a list right now of the applications I want to get out. It's high season for that, so there are positions out there for fall 2014, but I am finding it harder and harder to sell myself.

    As for locations, I really want to get a feel for places people like. In the end, I will have to go where they give me a job, but location may have an impact on how much effort I put in the individual applications. The time is not in writing them, it's in researching the units and finding out how I would fit in.

    I'd be happy about any help I can get. This may sound strange, but the job in Hawaii was the first job I had ever applied for in my life, until then, people begged me to work for them. So, it took me to get to age 50 to go through the frustration of job rejections, not something I would have expected to hit me at this time in my life.

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    Well, I have lived or spent a lot of time in most areas of the Southeast. If you have prospects in any o these places I can give you some local perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecchef View Post
    New Jersey. Everyplace else sucks.
    Amen!

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    I am not sure what the job market is in San Diego for what you are looking for, I know the market sucked for the finance world even before the economic crisis, but it has definitely been my favorite place to live so far. Best weather on earth, and I think the perfect size city to live in (love living downtown there).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dardeau View Post
    Well, I have lived or spent a lot of time in most areas of the Southeast. If you have prospects in any o these places I can give you some local perspective.
    Southeast is a good spot IMO as far as academics/college towns. UNC-CH, UVA or Wake Forest would be my big 3 (and take into fact that I never went to college... but those would have been my three choices in a perfect world)

    Duke basketball is still > though

    Tenn., VA and the Carolinas have a lot to offer as far as cost of living, lifestyle & culture. As I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mc2442 View Post
    I am not sure what the job market is in San Diego for what you are looking for, I know the market sucked for the finance world even before the economic crisis, but it has definitely been my favorite place to live so far. Best weather on earth, and I think the perfect size city to live in (love living downtown there).
    And Southern Cali is a different sort of beast. I hated, hated living in the San Diego area (I lived in North County - definitely not downtown). I also am a cook and from the South and moved there after living in New Orleans for two years. 5 years behind 'NYC' is an understatement. The restaurant scene out there blows hard. Also too many people and too expensive for my tastes.

    But my situation is different than his

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    Well I'm kind of partial to Nashville first and Tennessee second. You have Vanderbilt, Belmont, David Lipscomb, Fisk and TN State right in Nashville. Within 30 miles of Nashville there is also MTSU, Cumberland and Austin Peay. Then in east TN there's Knoxville and UT. Tennessee doesn't have a state income tax although the sales tax is close to 10% on everything, food, clothes, services you name it. Property tax is fairly low and housing is very reasonable.

    I'll also put in a plug for NJ. I have lived in Jersey for six years and really like it.

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